2013

The second Annual Marketing Breakfast was put on through the Business Development Series. 

A really fun Sundowner was hosted by several business owners in the mall on Newport Ave. It was a great way to showcases multiple businesses at the same time, and the owner of Seth’s Chop Shop even had his band perform!

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation began the process of redesigning the area at the foot of Newport Ave, Veterans Plaza. They started by holding a series of public meetings at the Masonic Center to gain insight from the community at large about ideas and priorities for the memorial.

Details SalonSpa partnered with Espresso Ristorante to host the sundowner in February. 

The Annual Kiwanis Kite Festival was held in early March at a new location. They were able to expand their festival by holding it at Dusty Rhodes Park, and they had a great event. 

Pacific Shores and Surfside Cuisine co-hosted the Sundowner in March. 

Through the Maintenance Assessment District, the sidewalk cleaning schedule was revamped, and cleanings were increased by almost 50%. 

Services were held in March 2014 for Leonard Poma, a local business owner, with one of the oldest shops in town. 

Raglan Public House was nominated for BID Business of the Year by the OBMA for all of their work in the community.

Members of  the OBMA Staff and Board of Directors attended several of the workshops offered at the California MainStreet Alliance Conference held in Encinitas. The classes included Green Practices for Special Events, The Power of Social Media, Historic Theaters, and Driving Online Engagement to Brick and Mortar Businesses.

The Business Development Series put their next meeting on in April, this time at the OB Playhouse. It focused on Online Marketing and Social Media Engagement. Local Thunder, the company that worked to re-design the online member directory, presented their program at this event. 

The Ocean Villa Inn hosted the Sundowner in April with delicious food by Surfrider Pizza Café. 

The url www.ShopLocalOB.com was purchased and redirected to the OBMA website. Seasonal promotions for members are shared through this page. 

The OB Farmers Market partnered with KPRI to upcycle t-shirts into reusable shopping bags. The station set up a booth at the Farmers Market several times throughout the year, and the OBMA was able to have some of their outdated t-shirts upcycled.

The new OB Local Directory was distributed with the help many volunteers on a Saturday in May.

The OBMA received their National MainStreet Accreditation. 

New entryway and Newport Ave banners were co-designed by local artists (Ashley Lewis and Jenn David) celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Wonderland and welcoming people to the community.

Several local businesses took advantage of the Storefront Improvement Program and refreshed the facades of their businesses.

A bronze memorial statue dedicated to honor the memory of lifeguards who lost their lives in the line of duty was dedicated on May 23. Over 350 people attended. 

Funds were raised through another successful OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival and the OB Fireworks Fund to celebrate the 4th of July Fireworks. We celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Wonderland and provided free bike parking, six stages of live music, and a day full of fun for families. Barbara Iacometti, President of the OBMA, served her fifth consecutive year as Chair of the Festival. We painted two community murals again, one focused on the celebration of Wonderland, the other celebrating surfers.

The Ocean Beach Town Council held a series of public meetings to discuss the marshmallow fights that take place at the foot of Newport Ave each year after the fireworks show on 4th of July. 

The Board of Directors elections took place in July and the Executive Committee was reappointed for another year.

Facebook, with the help of Assemblymember Toni Atkins, hosted the Business Development Series in the Fall at the OB Playhouse. Members of the OBMA and great business community came together for great information on social media. 

OB Oktoberfest was another great two-day event. There were Oompah Bands, great food, contests, and live music all day. The OB Community Foundation once again organized the OB Brat Trot. 

The Annual OBMA Awards Dinner celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the OB MainStreet Association.  Local DJs and OBMA members Glasz Productions emceed the event and it was lively and playful. 

Over fifty local businesses supported the production of a custom OB board game, Ocean Beach-opoly. The logo and all of the artwork was done by local artists and over 1,000 games were sold in the week of the Thanksgiving holiday. More games were ordered and continued to be sold at businesses throughout the community. 

There was a holiday decorating contest between businesses again and cash prizes, along with photos in the Beacon, went to the top four winners.

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